from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A colorless, crystalline compound, C10H12O4, contained in Japanese pepper, Xanthoxylum piperitum. It melts at 80° C. and boils without decomposition.
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According to Dr. Staples, besides fibrous substances, it contains volatile oil, a greenish, fixed oil, resin, gum, coloring matter, and a peculiar crystallizable principle, which he calls xanthoxylin.
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